Articles posted April 30, 2009

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THS: Kentucky Derby Picks

THS: Kentucky Derby Picks

Jason, Evan, Tom, and the Wizard take on the Kentucky Derby, analyzing the pace scenario, noting the horses with wet-track pedigrees, and making their picks. Insight into the pedigrees of this year's Kentucky Derby contenders is only a click away. Kentucky Derby 135 Contenders: Pedigree Profiles includes pedigree analyses from Alan Porter, Avalyn Hunter, and Tom Hall. Order your copy today!

TVG Gets Churchill, other TrackNet Signals

TVG Gets Churchill, other TrackNet Signals

Customers of TVG will be able to wager on the Churchill Downs spring meet beginning May 1, it was announced in the early evening of April 30. The limited-term deal also includes wagering on the 2009 Arlington Park meet and Calder Race Course meet through Oct. 31.

Hickey: Industry Must Be Diligent in D.C.

There's a new president in town, and a Congress even more dominated by Democrats, but one of the nation's top lobbyists for equine interests said April 30 that the horse industry must be ever-diligent about protecting and advancing its positions in Washington, D.C.

And They're Off - Kentucky Derby Edition

And They're Off - Kentucky Derby Edition

Lenny and Steve are on the backside at Churchill Downs, where they discuss the Derby Draw, the many feel-good stories in this year's Derby, interview Papa Clem's trainer Gary Stute, and last but not least, give their picks for the big race.

Thoroughbred Documentary Filming at Churchill

Thoroughbred Documentary Filming at Churchill

A year and a half after Kentucky Education Television received a $2.25 million endowment to film a documentary called "The Thoroughbred," the project was in full swing during Kentucky Derby week at Churchill Downs.

Past Derby Winners: Big Brown

Past Derby Winners: Big Brown

Big Brown, who is standing his first season at Three Chimneys, was last year’s Triple Crown hopeful, as he won both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. Going off in the Derby as the 2-1 favorite, he became the first horse since 1929 to win the race from the 20th gate. Though he fell short in the Belmont Stakes, and had to be retired due to a back foot injury, he still closed out his career with the title of champion 3-year-old male. Read Esther Marr's blog Visiting with Past Kentucky Derby Winners.

Kentucky Derby Contenders: Pedigree Profiles

Insight into the pedigrees of this year's Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contenders is only a click away. This easy-to-read report includes pedigree analyses from Alan Porter, Avalyn Hunter, and Tom Hall. Order your copy today and separate the contenders from the pretenders.

Haskin's Derby Report: 48 Hours and Counting

Haskin's Derby Report:  48 Hours and Counting

The big day is almost here. No, not the Derby; having to make selections, which will be in Friday's column. These selections are based primarily on observations over the past eight days, and it's going to be particularly difficult this year. In the meantime, he are a few late odds and ends.

Zenyatta May Not Run on Oaks Undercard

Zenyatta May Not Run on Oaks Undercard

Although the Kentucky Oaks undercard May 1 got an added dose of excitement when trainer John Shirreffs announced 2008 champion older female Zenyatta would make her 5-year-old debut in the Louisville Distaff (gr. II), the talented Street Cry mare may be forced to scratch due to weather.

Who Will Get to the Eighth Pole First?

In 51 of the last 54 runnings of the Kentucky Derby, the winner was either on the lead with an eighth of a mile to go in the race, within a length of the lead, or running second although more than a length off the leader at that point. In all, 40 of the last 54 winners, or 74%, were on the lead at the eighth pole.

Oh Papa! Papa Clem in :34 Blowout

Oh Papa! Papa Clem in :34 Blowout

In an "old school" move, trainer Gary Stute sent out his Papa Clem for a three-furlong blowout at Churchill Downs two days before the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). Under jockey Rafael Bejarano, the son of Smart Strike threw down a :34 clocking.

Kentucky Derby News Minute - 04/30/09

Kentucky Derby News Minute - 04/30/09

Lenny Shulman reports from the Churchill Downs paddock.  Today's headlines include Papa Clem's 3 furlong breeze, Rachel Alexandra,Friesan Fire and Pioneerof the Nile making appearances, and also the weather forecast for Friday and Saturday.

Past Derby Winners: Street Sense

Past Derby Winners: Street Sense

Street Sense, who was named champion 2-year-old colt after capturing the 2007 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, became the first winner of that race to also take the Kentucky Derby. He was also the first champion 2-year-old colt to win the Derby since Spectacular Bid in 1979. Street Sense went on to win that year’s Travers Stakes and finished fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. His breeding rights were purchased by the Maktoum family’s Darley operation and he is now standing at Darley’s Jonabell Farm near Lexington. His first foals were born this year.Read Esther Marr's blog Visiting with Past Kentucky Derby Winners.

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